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Entrepreneur Ethan Schultz Is In the Vanguard of Innovative Toy Development

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Ethan Schultz graduated from Ohio University in 2015 with a degree in Fine Arts but instead of taking a job with a major company, he decided to start his own creative toy company called Opa. Opa produces “high quality educational toys, that accelerate early developmental skills in children while remaining fun and engaging,” Schultz says…. Read More

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Ohio University Innovation Center Grabs Ranking as One of the Top in the Nation

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The Ohio University Innovation Center has received three top national and international rankings during this academic year. University Business Incubator (UBI) gave the Center a Top University Business Incubator award ranking it #3 in the United States. The Innovation Center had 97 competitors for the ranking. A second award was given by University Business Incubator… Read More

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Serial Entrepreneur Loves Using Technology to Solve Complex Business Problems

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Ryan Prestel is the young CEO of JADETRACK – a company for real-time monitoring and sustainability management software. He calls himself a “serial entrepreneur with an affinity for using technology to create solutions to complex business problems.” His company is using cloud-based software to help other companies maximize the value of their sustainability programs. Prestel,… Read More

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Award-Winning ‘Business Remixed’ Promotes Jobs in Athens County

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The Athens County Economic Development Council (ACEDC) goes by the brand name “Business Remixed” and its purpose is to develop and promote jobs and economic progress in Athens County. The non-profit public-private partnership was recently given an award for Excellence in Economic Development Marketing from the Ohio Economic Development Association for its “Start it Up… Read More

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Rev1 Ventures Helps Start-Up Companies Develop Until Viable for Investment

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Rev1 Ventures in Columbus works with companies and entrepreneurs in 15 central Ohio counties to develop ideas, services and products from basic concepts to having investment potential. Bethany George, an Ohio University alumna, serves as Director of Investment Funds for the central Ohio firm. Rev1 Ventures provides free services to a select group of entrepreneurs… Read More

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Young Entrepreneur Ben Lachman Creates Innovations and Innovation Space


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Ben Lachman graduated from Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial College in 2005 and moved directly into innovation and entrepreneurship. Today, he is the principal in one company and also a founding member in a collaborative workspace enterprise. Lachman is a principal in Nice Mohawk Limited, located in Athens. The company creates three products: Ita, a list-making… Read More

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For 30 Years, ACEnet has Helped Develop Our Local and Regional Economies

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The Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACENet) has celebrated its 30th anniversary as a community development corporation. Over the years, it has focused primarily on developing and expanding the local food industry and the local food economy. Currently, ACEnet is being led by Larry Fisher who was named executive director in 2015. Fisher has been… Read More

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A Russ College of Engineering Capstone Class Solves Real World Problems


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The Russ College of Engineering and Technology capstone class, “Designing to Make a Difference,” combines learning objectives for students with their professional skills to solve “real world” problems. The course is directed by Dr. Greg Kremer, the Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and it is targeted for seniors in his college. Teams of… Read More

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Scripps Innovation Challenge in Its 4th Year Has Broadened Its Media Focus

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The scope of the Scripps Innovation Challenge has grown over its four years of existence. Initially, the challenges to be met by student teams were journalism based. Now, the issues have a broader communication focus to meet the ever-changing media landscape. On Monday, March 14 at 2 p.m. in the Walter Hall Rotunda, this year’s… Read More

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Logan-Hocking Students Become Entrepreneurs Through School Program

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For the second year, the Logan-Hocking School District has partnered with the Logan-Hocking Chamber of Commerce to sponsor the Logan-Hocking Young Entrepreneurs Academy. The program is designed for students from the 6th through 12th grades to learn how to be entrepreneurs. Last year, eight students completed the program and six are still conducting the businesses… Read More